A Filter is Just A Filter, Right?

“MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and so you would think the higher the MERV rating the better, right? Not according to Mike, Mike’s Heating and Cooling generally recommends the highest rating of MERV 8. If you get much higher, the furnace has to work harder to draw air through the filter, which will hinder its efficiency and shorten the life of your furnace.”

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img_0611Unfortunately, all filters are not created equally.  Improper sized filters or even dirty filters are the number one reason for furnace or air conditioner failure.  We are here to take the mystery out of filter shopping and make sure your furnace runs as long and efficiently as possible.

  1. Does Size Matter?
    • Size difference is pretty obvious, as some are rectangle, square, thick, thin, etc.  The most important thing to remember is the thinner filters actually need to be changed or at least checked monthly.  The 1″ filter panels usually don’t seal as well, resulting in air bypassing it, causing a shorter life span of your furnace. The thicker pleated filters (4″-5″ thick) only need to be changed twice a year. Also, the filter will do its job best when it is properly sized for your unit.
  2. img_0613What is MERV Rating?
    • MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and so you would think…

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How to make your air conditioner more efficient

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Keeping cool and being efficient at the same time is possible. In less than ten minutes and with a few changes, you could set up your air conditioning unit to produce cool air and save you money. Follow our guide below for best results. Continue reading

Is Ice Forming Around Your Air Conditioner?

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As much as we love it when our air conditioner blows frigid air on a hot summer’s day,  a freezing air conditioner, or one showing ice build up on parts of the AC unit is actually a bad sign. If your air conditioner has ice forming inside or anywhere around it, that generally means that there is an issue with the unit.

Here are some easy DIY steps to solve your freezing air conditioner problem.  Continue reading

Where to find appliance repair help and how-to videos to fix your appliance yourself

We’re busy working on improving our appliance repair section and producing how-to, step-by-step repair videos in order to help you fix your appliance yourself.

We recently started up an appliance repair YouTube.com channel where we provide how-to part replacement videos. Currently, we are demonstrating on a Whirlpool dryer (model number WED4800XQ0) but we will also be adding additional appliances, brands and model types as well. We will also be adding our videos to our appliance repair section as well. Check out some of our videos:


Our appliance repair section features repair help for refrigerators, washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, ovens and stoves. We list common problems associated with these appliances and provide a list of possible causes and repair solutions.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube.com channel and visit our appliance repair section whenever you need appliance repair help or advice.

What type of repair videos would you like to see?